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Multimedia offers a few ways to capture video within the classrooms and conference rooms. Our standard lecture capture platform is Echo360. For conference room captures, we recommend using Zoom. We also help coordinate video capture using professional videographers both on and off campus for Business School related events and lectures.
ECHO360 capture is available in all Business School classrooms. Scheduled recording happens automatically, in the background, without the need for client activation.
Echo360 captures video, audio and PC content for classes and events within our classrooms. The dual capture system allows for capturing of video and audio of the lecturer as well as synchronized high-resolution capture of the teaching PC. Materials such as PowerPoint, websites, and spreadsheets can be clearly viewed. Thumbnails for each PowerPoint slide are provided to make it easy and fast for a viewer to find exactly the material needed for review. We have annotation monitors in all classrooms that allow instructors to markup directly on their PowerPoint and spreadsheets so that the notes are easily visible and captured for review.
Captures can be scheduled in advance for the whole semester or as needed for events. Please allow at least 1 business day for request processing. Scheduled captures start automatically and can be published directly to the appropriate course location in Canvas within a few hours of the session ending or made available to individuals on demand.
Please note our capture policies:
- Multimedia can only accommodate requests made by Professors, TA, Event Coordinators, or Business School administrative staff.
- Student request are handled by OSA giving respect to the Instructor’s preferences. Students should use OSA’s request form: Request Form
- EMBA class recordings are handled by the EMBA operations team. All requests and inquiries should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- All guest speakers must give consent to be recorded. It is the responsibility of the requestor to obtain this consent.
- Recording requests should be done with at least 1 business days' notice whenever possible. All last minute, emergency requests should be done by phone, not email, to ensure that the capture is not missed. (212)854-6095.
- Other restrictions may apply. Please reach out to MMG with further questions.
Logging Into Echo360
Students can access course content by going to https://canvas.gsb.columbia.edu/ and clicking the "echo360" link in any course. Alternatively, if you have a Business School account you can log-in to the Echo360 portal by going to https://echo360.org/ and entering your GSB email address. You will be redirected to the normal log-in page. Please reach out to MMG if you are having trouble logging in. Please note that if you do not see the “echo360” link within your Canvas course, it may have been disabled by the Professor. Please reach out to MMG for further advisement.
Help with Echo360
Echo360 has information on a wide variety of features and help topics online in their Resource Center. MMG can help with specific questions on using and navigating the platform, content access and capabilities. Please reach out to MMG for more information.
In the Spring of 2017, CBS transitioned to Echo360's Active Learning Platform, a cloud based solution for lecture capture and much more. In tandem, on April 24th, 2017 it was announced that a standard maintenance and housekeeping procedure approved by the Faculty Computing Committee and ratified by the Vice Dean of Administration would be implemented. This procedure calls for CBS to retain the active semester’s worth of content, plus an additional two (2) years of prior content. As of Monday, May 15, 2017, both content from 2014 or before and the legacy system were decommissioned. All links to Echo content from the old system which may be in use, and any link with “cbs360.gsb.columbia.edu” in the address, will no longer function.
Conference rooms including Calder and Hepburn lounge do not contain Echo360 capture equipment. As such MMG recommends using Zoom to record when necessary. Zoom allows for local, Cloud and automatic recordings. Unlike Echo360, there is no simultaneous Speaker and Content capture. The recording will capture the person who is speaking, and any content shared through “Share Screen”. For more information, please visit Zoom or reach out to MMG if you can’t find your topic. If you don’t have your own Zoom account, MMG can provide you with a meeting invitation for single use.
ITG is advising our Mac users to ensure that Zoom is configured not to auto-start the microphone and camera when joining a meeting.
You may find that your event needs a more professional video capture. Multimedia makes it easy for you to obtain a professional videographer. We have a pool of vetted freelancers and will help coordinate for your event. Please be advised that as these are outside sourced freelancer and that there is a service fee for their hire on a per hour basis. Fee includes actual recording time, any travel outside of Uris or Warren Hall, time spent on the setup and breakdown of equipment, and any standby time that the freelancer will spend on-site. As the need of every professional recording event may differ, please reach out to MMG at email@example.com for more details and to obtain a quote.
Note that there is a two-hour minimum when obtaining freelancers. A signed approval form will be required once the terms have been confirmed, prior to obtaining the freelancer, and may be subject to adjustments as needed.